Samadhan

.MISSION STATEMENT: "To establish an infrastructure of accessible services for persons with intellectual disability living in poverty using as far as possible manpower and resources available within target communities, with active community participation, leading to an inclusive society"
Jan 18, 2017

Samadhan`s Dayout at Carlson Wagon Lit Travels

CWT Team with Samadhan
CWT Team with Samadhan

SAMADHAN`S Day out at Carlson Wagon Lit Travels office, Gurgaon(India)

It was such a wonderful Monday morning. A day out programme for the children along with their mothers and staff of Samadhan, was arranged by the team of Carlson Wagon Lit Travels at their office in Gurgaon, on 19th December.  All of them reached their office by 10.00a.m and they all together had breakfast and then spent the day with various funfilled activities like dance, painting etc.  The children also watched some cartoon movies and they were given beautiful gift packs with colourful books & other stationary. It was special day for the children; they had an opportunity to experience the freedom and joy with such a large group. The team was quite excited to participate in all these activities and enjoyed the lunch with the children.

 

Greeting cards made by our children were presented to the team at their office. The mothers and staff were appreciating the personal care taken by all the team members and made them feel comfortable during their stay.  We acknowledge and appreciate that even during these times of every man hour getting accounted for productivity, they chose to set aside time to be with the children with disabilities and their care givers bringing cheer to their lives. 

 

A big ‘Thank You’ from Samadhan team to Ms. Geeta Jain  CEO , Carlson Wagon Lit Travel, Gurgaon, and every member of the team for arranging such a lovely day out.

Our teachers with the team
Our teachers with the team
Greeting cards made by our children
Greeting cards made by our children
Card presented to Ms. Geeta Jain
Card presented to Ms. Geeta Jain

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Oct 31, 2016

Early Intervention - hope for the intellectually disabled

Shubhan
Shubhan

Early Intervention is very crucial and important as - neural circuits, which create the foundation for learning, behavior and health, are most flexible during the first three years of life. Over time, they become increasingly difficult to change.  Intervention is likely to be more effective and less costly when it is provided ealier in life rather than later. High quality early intervention services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.                                                                                                                                                                 

This is Shubhan, from - The Early Intervention Unit at our Dakshinpuri Centre in Delhi. Even if he falls down, he extends a helping hand to his friend.  Five years ago he was born with intellectual disability. His birth impacted not only his mother Tabassum’s life but that of the whole family. No eye contact, no baby smiles, and no development like other babies. But today, thanks to Tabassum and her compassionate love and courage and the input of our multidisciplinary team, he is well on his way to achieve his potential. Had Tabassum waited and little Shubhan had continued to grow, but disabled cognitively and physically, he would not be where he is today. When he came to SAMADHAN, his life took a leap forward. He can now stand, walk, sing and even talk a few sentences. 

Here is the story of Tabassum and Shubhan:

Early morning at 5.00 am, Tabassum sat on the top step of her small one room house on the upper floor of a resettlement colony in Dakshinpuri, on the outskirts of Delhi. But yet the clutter and the sad debris all around left an ache in her heart as she remembered the beautiful small village in Himachal where she grew up.  It had all changed gradually but very definitely to bring her here her life, in Delhi. How well she remembered Sonu’s first visit. He was the chosen groom for her and had been brought to visit her village and approve of her!  He had been fifteen and she, just nine years old. She remembered her wedding six years later when she was showered with gifts and pampered. So it had been a happy life; at least until her son - Shubhan was born. This, not only changed her own life but that of the whole family. The family soon realized that little Shubhan was a very strange baby. He neither made eye contact nor did he smile and he did not develop the same way other babies did. It gradually dawned upon her and the family that Shubhan was never going to be normal and that all their dreams of a son and future plans had been shattered. People began to blame her. Most traumatic was the family’s changed attitude. She was house bound. Her mother in law said harshly - you will go out and talk about Shubhan and people will know we have been cursed”.Her father in law had also added to this saying - “for generations we have been a respected family , what will people say  now ?”

But hope came in the form of Sarojini, the door to door survey worker from Samadhan. On seeing Shubhan, she explained the importance of early identification and intervention and how crucial it was.  Tabassum, now realized that a door had been opened and she had to follow Sarojinis advice. But the family was adamant and saw no need for this. Sonu, tried to be supportive initially, but gradually gave up. He felt that since he was living in his parents’ home and he was not contributing much financially, he should support his parents. Not his wife!

As days went by an overwhelming and compassionate love filled her gradually. It was not Shubhan’s fault. Nor hers. She realized that she now had the courage to sacrifice everything for Shubhan.   She knew, just knew, what she should be doing and that she was right.  So, one morning, she told her family calmly  “I am taking Shubhan to the NGO , Samadhan, where they help children like him”.  As she walked down the steps she heard a voice “Wait I will come with you”.  It was Sonu.   The way ahead had just opened up for all of them.

Our services are accessible within the community and affordable. Just what Tabassum and Shubhan needed. We have reached out to more than 50,000 families.  It`s a long and arduous, but exciting journey.

THIS IS OUR MESSAGE –   There are still many Shubhans` in the community. Come, join hands with us. Impact the lives of the intellectually disabled children and their families.

Shubhan - Now
Shubhan - Now
with Psychologist on right and mom on his left
with Psychologist on right and mom on his left

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Aug 4, 2016

EXPOSURE VISIT OF STUDENTS - "Project Empathy"

At  - Special education Unit
At - Special education Unit

Pathways, one of the leading schools in Gurgaon, newly initiated coursework designed named, PROJECT EMPATHY. The Design Technology department of the school has set up a unique “collaborative project based learning Support team" with the purpose of expanding the learning opportunities for their students outside stereotyped school curriculum. As part of this initiative, the team linked up with Samadhan to provide an opportunity for the students to visit Samadhan’s Dakshinpuri Centre. The goal was to allow these students who are all from financially well to do families, to learn how families who are from a low socio economic community live and to meet and learn from our students with various types of disabilities and their mothers and the teachers. They were then to identify ways in which they could provide help. Whether it was a personal relationship or indirect support in the form of educational toys, furniture and learning aids was up to the students to decide. 

A group of 6 students of Grade 11 visited Samadhan, Dakshinpuri Centre, under the leadership of the project's coordinator, Ms. Kanika Sharma on 29th April 2016.  It was important for these students to understand the mission and vision of the organization and the services that are provided here based on the identified needs of the target community. Since all these students came from an entirely different social background it as an eye opener for them. This introduction session on Samadhan was conducted by the project leader Ms. Subhashini and the Director of the organization, Ms. Pramila Balasundaram. Dr. Bhatia, pediatrician at Samadhan, gave a detailed presentation on the various types of intellectual disability, which was very interactive and informative for the students. After the sessions, the most important and interesting part of the visit for the students was interacting with our children and their mothers in The Early Intervention Unit and Special Education Unit.  It was a very heart touching and emotional experience for them to know about children like themselves who were yet so different from them.  They got the opportunity to see and learn about the different therapies and rehabilitation services through interacting with our teachers.

The motive behind the project and the exposure visit is that, these students will be inspired to use their learning to design various learning aids, furniture and other products that could help improve the quality of life of children with various mental health issues like Down's syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism of our Dakshinpuri Centre. This exposure visit was a great learning for them and would help them in achieving the final goal of the project.  They would be visiting our centre again in the next quarter and probably would get some designs and models of learning aids ready by then. We, at Samadhan will look forward to this

 

Report on the exposure visit by one of the students : Anant Jain Raghavan, XI, Pathways School, Gurgaon

On 29 April, 2016, we visited Samadhan, a NGO which works for betterment of children with intellectual challenges. The visit opened my eyes to a world and life different from mine. It was undoubtedly a life fraught with challenges and I met children aged three to five, who were undergoing physiotherapy. I came back especially with memories of two children. A five year old girl who had met with a mishap when she was merely 10 days old and had fallen off a motorbike. The resultant injury on the frontal lobe of her brain had left the right side of her body paralyzed. I was happy to see the child having considerably recovered through physiotherapy. The other child was suffering from cerebral palsy but she had not shown substantial improvement. I was delighted to see these children being taught essential life lessons and skills through which they could turn their weakness to strengths and lead normal lives. I even befriended a child who through his amiable personality endeared himself to one and all. The experience was not only enriching but also highly moving. I saw a world and life about which I was totally oblivious. I learnt that struggle is the keynote of existence and one should not be daunted by challenges.

Students interacting with mothers
Students interacting with mothers
At - Early Intervention Unit
At - Early Intervention Unit
With children at Special education Unit
With children at Special education Unit

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